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Kovalainen: Monaco could be a chance for Caterham to shine
21 May 2012
Caterham F1 Team's Heikki Kovalainen reckons Monaco might give them chance to do 'something special' this weekend.
Kovalainen managed to get one of his better results last season around the streets of the Principality and is hopeful it will again be kind to the Hingham-based squad, which is still trying to make the jump up to F1's midfield.
“Monaco's the race everyone in F1 wants to win, and it's not just a famous F1 race, it's one of the biggest annual events in the world. For drivers it's a pretty hardcore race, in and out of the cars, but it's a challenge I really enjoy and racing around the streets is one of the real highlights of being an F1 driver,” said the Finn.
“On track it's one of the races where the pack bunches up a bit and that might give us a chance to do something special.
“Last year I finished 14th, one of our higher finishes of the season, so hopefully we can improve on that this year.
“We have KERS this year and a car that has good race pace, and as our car is slightly easier on the tyres than some of the teams ahead, maybe that will help us achieve a high race finish.”
Caterham F1 technical director Mark Smith meanwhile expects the tyres to play a massive role again this weekend, as they have all season.
“For the tyre wear we have planned as well as we can, but we have seen so far this season that until we are actually out on track it's almost impossible to know which teams will be hard on the tyres and which teams will be able to manage the degradation levels well,” he added.
“We have the soft and the supersoft compounds in Monaco, and if the wear rates on the softs are anything like we saw in Spain, strategy will be critical.”
“Monaco is a unique challenge, for the drivers and the teams. The fact we are in very different garage conditions to normal, and in a cramped paddock, makes it a tough race for the truckies, the mechanics and the engineers, but it is a race we all look forward to and one that everyone really wants to do well at,” Smith summed-up.
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